What can I say to a grilled cheese festival in LA? Only one thing, YES! So when I heard about the Grilled Cheese Invitational happening downtown, I rounded up some cheese loving friends and headed over. This was a cooking competition as well as a food truck fest, there were people cooking up grilled cheese surprises for judges as my friends were about to eat our way to cheesy heaven. By the time I found out and got my tickets, there was not an opportunity to become a judge, so we relegated ourselves to the peoples choice award (more on that later)….
As the son of a Sicilian immigrant, I was excited to have a chance to go to the Taste of Italy event this year in downtown LA. Images of Italian flags, fare, and music flowed through my mind as I was getting ready to enter the Italian American Museum of LA. As I got to the entrance, the
line of people in a mix of casual, dressy, and the occasionally formal attire stretched before me. When I finally got up to the front of the line to pick up my tasting tickets, I knew that the slim ticket pack of six taste, (three premier tastes or “Q cards” and three regular tastes), and four drink cards would not be enough to satisfy my desires to the try the food of the many booths that lined the inside and outside of the museum….
What could be better than being a foodie in Southern California? How about put 100 food trucks and restaurants all in the same place, for one all you can eat drink price, and call it a festival…. And that my friends is the LA Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl last weekend. Talk about a food frenzy!
This was my first food festival, and I splurged a little bit and got the early bird ticketing, where you and 1499 of your closest friends get to go into the event 2 hours early to sample all of the food and drink, and then your other 5000 friends get invited to the party later. For the extra $20, worth it….